I’m so excited to work with you when I become your president on July 1. The past few months have reminded me that UCF is a special place because of you: our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners who work so hard to achieve greatness.
Since April, I’ve been developing plans that focus on UCF becoming the nation’s preeminent university for generating talent, ideas and innovation. Some of the plans that will take effect soon are:
I’ll share more changes in July, including opportunities for us to invent UCF’s future together. I’ll need your perspective — and support — to build UCF into the nation’s most impactful 21st-century university.
As I begin my presidency, let me be clear about what won’t change: our values. At UCF, we value partnerships, diverse viewpoints and a culture of openness.
My promise to you is that those values will be integral to our continued pursuit of excellence.
As I’ve been preparing for the presidency, I’ve been inspired by the celebrations focused on John and Martha Hitt.
Mary and I have enjoyed the heartfelt, well-deserved tributes. It’s been wonderful to see the outpouring of respect and affection for these transformational leaders and friends.
Recently, President Hitt and I had a conversation about his legacy, the value of higher education and UCF’s future. Spoiler alert: I told him exactly what it will take to get me in the Reflecting Pond at Spirit Splash this year.
I look forward to working with you to ensure that the best is yet to come for UCF.
Until July … Charge On!